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by Tim Beissmann

A hybrid concept previewing the new Mitsubishi Triton will debut at next month’s Geneva motor show alongside a compact electric prototype with a claimed 300km driving range.

The Mitsubishi GR-HEV gives us our first hint at the Japanese manufacturer’s next-generation Triton due in 2014, teasing elements of the new one-tonne ute’s design and revealing the first details of its pioneering hybrid powertrain.

Following the launch of the pure-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV city car and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV plug-in SUV, Mitsubishi says “the next logical step” in its EV expansion is to adapt its electric propulsion technology to a tougher, sportier model designed for both mature and emerging markets.

Embracing the brand’s ‘dual design’ philosophy, the GR-HEV Triton concept teams a clean diesel engine and multiple (likely two) electric motors with full-time four-wheel drive and Mitsubishi’s Super All Wheel Control vehicle dynamics control system.

Mitsubishi is targeting average CO2 emissions of less than 149 grams per kilometre for its hybrid ute, roughly translating to a combined cycle fuel consumption of 5.6 litres per 100km.

Joining the Triton concept at Geneva will be the Mitsubishi CA-MiEV, a technology showcase previewing a range of technologies under development for the car maker’s second-gen EVs.

Employing a next-generation electric system with high-density batteries and lightweight components, the CA-MiEV’s targeted 300km range is double that of the pint-sized i-MiEV, which Mitsubishi says makes its better suited to daily suburban and country life.

Other innovative features of the CA-MiEV include magnetic resonance wireless charging and smartphone-activated functions.

The Mitsubishi GR-HEV and CA-MiEV will make their world premieres in Geneva on March 5.




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